Chris Nunes, CPRE is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, he oversees a $36.3 million operational budget, $4-5 million yearly capital improvement program and is accountable for the management of 148 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, and 220 miles of pathways. He speaks around the country (over 380+ times) on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning. In 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators, in 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA and in 2016-2017 he was the President of the American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administrators and in 2019 The Woodlands Township was recognized by NRPA as a Gold Medal Finalist for excellence in parks and recreation management. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management, a Master’s Degree in Sports Management both from Springfield College and a PhD in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico.